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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Aug 18, 2010 6:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Did playing larger venues, change the music played ?

I feel really lucky in that almost all of my shows were either, as described above, Type 1 or Type 2 venues -- theaters or larger-but-still-not-overwhelming places. I only saw them in a stadium once, I think, and it felt rather alienating, honestly. I enjoyed myself, but ... I hadn't seen them very often for years, and it was so strange to feel part of a huge crowd with the band way off in the distance and, I think, shown on monitors.

That had to change the way they played. (After all, one of the reasons given for going to Egypt was that their music changed depending on the place.) I guess it would be hard to separate out exactly WHAT difference it would be, though, given all the other changes at the same time: tiredness, drugs, plain old change and maturing, crowd changes, the synth sounds, etc.

I also don't like the synth sounds as much, but still do like the early 80s sounds; I like the modulus, for instance, but I'm not up on all the different guitars over the years, or the various keyboards -- except for not liking Brent's tinky-wink synth sound but liking his organ sound. By the 90s it seems WAY too synthesized, but I can't say why, exactly. Would love to know who changed to what instrument when; maybe I could educate my unsophisticated ears a bit!

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Poster: Hal R Date: Aug 19, 2010 8:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Did playing larger venues, change the music played ?

AltheaRose you wrote "Would love to know who changed to what instrument when; maybe I could educate my unsophisticated ears a bit!" Check out Grateful Dead Gear - The Band's Instruments, Sound Systems, and Recording Sessions, From 1965 to 1995 by Blair Jackson, one of my favorite Dead books.

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